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August 7, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(15):1019-1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320037013

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LIEUT. COL. LEON S. EAGLEBERGER TO INSTRUCT PHYSICIANS IN COMBAT MEDICINE  Lieut. Col. Leon S. Eagleberger of the Army Medical Corps, with a great wealth of experience concerning medical support of United States troops battling the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific, has returned to the United States to instruct newly commissioned officers in combat medicine at the Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Colonel Eagleberger states that the portable hospitals in which doctors performed surgery in the jungle only a few hundred yards behind the front lines were the 100 per cent solution to the problem of giving adequate surgical service in that area. Blood plasma, which was available in sufficient quantities, was used unsparingly, thereby saving many lives. The portable hospitals consisted of four medical officers and twenty enlisted men, with one such hospital for each regiment. Every general hospital, station hospital, evacuation hospital and surgical hospital in

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